Sea-Tac is a major embarkation airport for flights to Alaska and to destinations in Asia using the great-circle route. From the airport, downtown Seattle is about 13 miles north and Tacoma is about 25 miles to the southwest. A 6-mile Airport Expressway connects the terminal area to north-south Interstate 5.
The Sound Transit Link light rail service operates from the airport to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington. Trains depart every 6 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, from 5 a.m.-1 a.m. Travel time from the airport to downtown Seattle is about 30 minutes and another 5 minutes to the UW campus and Husky Stadium.
Sea-Tac’s passenger complex consists of a single Central Terminal with airline check-in counters and baggage claim for all airlines. There are four concourses containing the A, B, C and D gates and two satellite buildings containing the N (North) and S (South) gates. The A-D gates can be reached from the Central Terminal by walkways and moving walkways. Underground automated people movers connect the N and S gates with the concourses and the Central Terminal.
There are numerous ground transportation options from the airport: app-based ride services, limos and car services, taxis, shuttles, rental cars and public transit. App-based ride services pick up passengers at different locations that are explained on the app depending on what vehicle you’ve requested. Taxis, shuttles and many car services are on the 3rd floor of the parking garage at both the north and south curbs. The car rental facility is in a separate building. Customers use a courtesy shuttle from outside baggage claim to reach rental car center.
Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington departs from a station just outside the airport. To reach it use a Skybridge to level 4 of the parking garage and follow the signs.
Alaska Airlines flights arrive and depart SEA at the C, D and N gates. International flights may arrive at the S gates. Connecting passengers can reach all other gates, either by walkways and moving walkways or automated train system without exiting the TSA secure area.
Delta Air Lines flights arrive and depart SEA at the A, B and S gates. Connecting passengers can reach all other gates, either by walkways and moving walkways or automated train system without exiting the TSA secure area.
Flying into Seattle, the sight below is of evergreen trees, the blue water of Puget Sound, Lake Washington and the Pacific Ocean and, in winter, a mixture of snowy white. Famous for coffee, the city is vibrant and cosmopolitan. The Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair, is still a major attraction even if it is a mid-20th century look at the future.
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